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Using Strategic Design in myCore

Insight Education Group believes lesson planning should follow a clear process. Strategic Design is Insight's backwards design instructional approach. It is a logic built into the logic that myCore is based on. In training end-users on myCore, we anticipate the need for a light review of backwards design. This manual will help provide understanding for Strategic Design-based lesson planning. This manual should be used as a post-training reference for any person who has been trained to understand Strategic Design. If you have not been trained to understand Strategic Design, please contact your school or district leader.


Quick Tour of Strategic Design




Main Features of Strategic Design

1. Understanding CoreLogic

2. Backwards planning with Strategic Design

a. Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy

b. Unit Standards and Overarching Theme

c. Essential Questions and Summative Assessments

d. SMART Objectives

e. Formative Assessments and Activities

3. Reflecting and Rating




1. Understanding CoreLogic

Just as many of the Common Core Standards ask students to use logic and reasoning, there is “logic” behind the creation of the Common Core Standards. CoreLogic helps you to understand the thinking that went into creating the Common Core and its implications for planning and teaching. The goal is to make sure your lessons engage students in the thinking and activities students will find in first-year college courses and career training programs. Insight put together a set of practical tools for helping implement Common Core standards in your classroom.





2. Backwards Planning with Strategic Design

Nearly all teachers are familiar with the backwards design planning process. Insight’s backwards design instructional approach, Strategic Design, works on a similar model of planning with the end in sight but with even more specific goals to elicit optimal success. myCore walks users through a few simple steps to creating new units and lessons. First, teachers apply Bloom’s Taxonomy levels to standards so they can be added to units. The Bloom's levels will later help with developing an appropriate overarching theme for the unit and SMART Objectives, assessments and activities for individual lessons.



3. Reflecting and Rating

Once a lesson has been taught, the process of instructional design built into myCore allows for important reflection to take place to evaluate its effectiveness and make changes for the future. Reflective practitioners constantly attempt to get better lesson-by-lesson, unit-by-unit. Once you have marked a class “taught” in myCore, you can rate and reflect on it from your Classes dashboard. myCore uses a star rating system of 1- to 5-stars, with 5 stars being the highest. You can also add notes about specific successes or areas for improvement.